Annual Heritage Memorial Day Picnic

Photo courtesy of City of Hemet
The annual Heritage Picnic welcomes new and native locals to gather and enjoy the history of the community while raising funds to donate to the Hemet Heritage Foundation.

■ By Rob Lindquist / Contributed

It’s time again for the annual Heritage Picnic. Bring a picnic basket or enjoy a $5 sandwich with fixin’s and sit down with friends, old and new, to talk and reminisce about our “lovely nestled valley” and its people.
We’ll have coffee for serious talkers and there will be information tables for lovers of local history as always. The doors to Hemet’s Simpson Center will open at 10 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. after we have handed out recognition awards and special ribbons. Again, it’s Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 10 o’clock at the Simpson Center on the south side of Devonshire Avenue between Buena Vista and Harvard streets. (Reminder… we’ve moved; do not go to the Valley Wide Gymnasium.)
Yes, it’s time again to gather up and jabber with friends and strangers, young and old, who love this beautiful valley and its surroundings. Eighty-three years have passed since the first gathering of bona fide pioneers who, like the area’s earliest Native Americans, felt that the beauty and history of their homeland needed to be celebrated forever.
The change of venue this year was suggested by Valley Wide Recreation due to the exorbitant cost of housing the event in its gymnasium. Let this relocation be nonetheless seen by all as a fully inclusive valley-wide gathering of anyone and everyone from here to all the mountains, valleys and communities that surround us.
It will be time again to recognize our honorary co-chairpersons and bestow the Heritage Award to a deserving recipient(s). And, of course, there will be the popular awarding of those wonderful “Farmers Fair” ribbons for the oldest, newest, and furthest traveled attendees.
If you don’t bring a picnic basket, you can purchase a sandwich selection of your choice. And, there’s our instantly restorative coffee brewed by the delightfully voluble brewer Jim Moyer. There is as well an opportunity to cruise and muse past local organization tables where representatives will be promoting their respective historical displays and related material to view or purchase. And remember… you can always sign up as member of the Hemet Museum dba Hemet Heritage Foundation.
Now, stick this article on the refrigerator!

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